Wahoo Kickr Snap wheel-on smart trainer review - a great chunk of Wahoo Kickr direct drive performance for a small chunk of the price

A great option for those who'd rather put their money towards a new bike for the spring than staring at the spare room wall in the winter

Wahoo Kickr SNAP
(Image credit: Rachel Sokal)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Smart trainers and apps may have revolutionised indoor training but the cost of many turbos can stand in the way of getting started. The Wahoo Kickr Snap is a highly specced wheel-on trainer with much of the feel and many of the capabilities of expensive direct-drive turbos at a fraction of the cost. Power readings and the reactiveness to changes in interval efforts aren't quite on par with more expensive trainers but these are small concessions to make given the Snap retails at a third of these top end machines.

Reasons to buy
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    Maximum power, incline and power accuracy specification

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    Easy set up

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    Great ride feel for wheel-on trainer

Reasons to avoid
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    No cadence sensor included

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    Spikey power readings

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    Our testing found greater than claimed variation in power accuracy at lower intensities

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If you’ve never ridden indoors before, have a non-smart turbo trainer or don’t want to spend more money on a turbo than your bike, a smart wheel-on turbo trainer is a great piece of kit.

We tested the Wahoo Kickr Snap, one of the most high-specced wheel-on smart trainers on the market today, and took a look at how it compares to the best cheap smart trainers.

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Rachel has been writing about and reviewing bike tech for the last 10 years. Cynical by nature, Rachel never really trusts the marketing hype and prefers to give products a mighty good testing before deciding whether they're worth buying or not. 

Rachel's first riding love is mountain biking where she's been European and UK 24hr Champion on more than one occasion. She's not just confined to the trails though and regularly rides - and occasionally races - on gravel and road too.